Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 75 Ha en fantastisk fin vekca! Weeks Just Seem to be Going Faster and Faster!


I am serious when I say that weeks just seem to be going faster and faster the longer I have been here and that is absolutely unacceptable. It has almost been a whole transfer since elder Albertsen and I started together. Its super cool to see the little miracles that happen along the way and I have been here for a little while at least so its fun to see the change and the things that begin to happen in the lives of people that we work with and the people that we are privileged to serve by. the members in this ward are some of the best people that I have met in my life and its cool to see by their example how we can live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We have literally just been running around all week trying to make all of our appointments and teach the people that need to be taught. On Tuesday of this week we went to the house of a lady that came to church last week with Elaheh, a recent convert. She is super cool and loves the things that we teach. She has had so many questions about doctrine and what is right. I love being able to teach people that have an opinion but are searching for the things that are right. As long as they have a searching spirit they will be able to find the answer. That is what I have seen as I have been out here in Sweden. She is an amazing new investigator and will go far that is what we can feel.

That same day we also had a corelation meeting with our ward mission leader and his wife and they refused to let us leave without giving us food :) They are so good. But we were able to go just a couple of houses down to visit a couple who are fairly new members with their hometeacher and start talking about the temple and answering their questions about it and how they can prepare to enter into the Temple. Hometeaching really is soooo important... so if you arent doing it then GO DO IT!! Some people just need support and some really do have a lot of questions and you can help them to find their answers. Everyone needs a home teacher. We left afterwards and had an appointment with another sister in the ward who needs support and just some help so we had a member come with us to that appointment as well and help her with the things she needed help with and it just felt good to be there and she thanked us so much for just being there and to teach her a little bit more. It always leaves the spirit with these people and helps them to understand how much we care about them and, hopefully, they feel how much God cares about them.

Everything is going really good with Azi. she is just a really strong person and Sweden isnt always the easiest place to believe in God. She told us that sometimes she wonders if it is the right thing to do and then she prays about it and every time that she does she is able to get a confirmation that it is the right thing to do. She is such a good example for what we should do in our lives as well. When we have questions we should get on our knees and ask for the confirmation and the answers that we need.

We went all the way to Jönköping to go on workovers there with elder Bliss and elder Payne who are super awesome. We were also able to attent district meeting and talk with the other missionaries in that district and they are doing such a good job. We have some of the best missionaries in the mission here in the Göteborg zone. Elder Payne has only been out on his mission for a couple of transfers but he is so good already at being a missionary. We went to see on man and on the way we saw a sister in their ward who was sitting on the bench outside of a  grocery store. We were able to help her down the stairs with her groceries and she said what an incredible help that was to her and that she didnt know how she was going to do it herself. Seems really small but its all of those small things that mean the world to someone and its just about being willing to take 5 or 10 minutes to help the people around us.

A lot of things are happening in Utby, we had another 5 investigators in church this week and we are hoping that the baptisms start coming in after that. These people can beefit so much from that in their lives and I know that a testimony of this gospel can help someone so much in every part of their life. Not just on Sundays, but every day when we try to live the things that we preach and love the people w around us no matter what the circumstance. I love preaching the gospel, there is no better way to spend your time.

Ha en fantastisk fin vekca!

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